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Kenneth McNeil

Kenneth Wayne McNeil

Friday, May 23rd, 1947 - Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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Vernon Twp., NJ: Vernon; Kenneth Wayne McNeil, 72, passed away on Thursday July 11, 2019. Kenneth was born on May 23, 1947 in Glen Ridge, NJ to Richard and Catherine (nee Rowley). He grew up in Montclair and was a resident of Pompton Lakes before moving to Vernon, NJ.

Ken was a flight attendant for United Airlines and retired 7 years ago. Ken was an avid Yankee fan and especially a gifted guitar player and blues musician. Ken served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War. Ken’s most treasured memories were when he coached his children’s baseball and softball games, as he got to exercise his love for the game.

Ken is survived by his wife Lori (nee Sliker) McNeil, his children, Rebecca and Ryan McNeil, both of Vernon, NJ, Sara Carlamere and her husband Jason of Williamstown, NJ, and his grandchildren, Lily, Aubrey and Jake. Ken is also survived by his sister, Judy Plimpton, and her husband Bruce, both of Maine, and his brother, Bobby Temple of Florida, in addition to many nieces and nephews.

Ken McNeil was a scholar, a teacher, a historian, a writer, a musician, a world traveler, a veteran, a coach, but above all, a loving father.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service on Tuesday July 16th at 11AM at Pompton Reformed Church, 59 Hamburg Turnpike, Pompton Lakes, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to, Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
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    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Pompton Reformed Church
    Address
    59 Hamburg Turnpike
    POMPTON LAKES, NJ
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    Officiant
    Pastor John Burden

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Donations are being accepted for: Wounded Warrior Project.

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Gerald Arthur Winter

Posted at 09:58am
Ken and I were intimate friends, Brother of the Spear, as we often joked. We could discuss anything in great depth with comfort. One of the most telling moments we shared happened in Wanaque, NJ when we were on one of our many hikes. Lori would drop us off at the start of the trail at the bottom of Skyline Drive with our backpacks filled with cold water and lunch. We'd hike up to the lake and then venture off the main trail to go to "Happy Valley" between the Rte. 287 bridge and Kluggtown. This was a restricted area with "No Trespassing" signs on the barbed wire fence about seven feet high. We found ourselves several hours into our hike looing up at the underbelly of the Rte. 287 bridge and were able to squeeze through the locked gate. This area had been restricted for decades by Dupont and old decayed cabins where "Jackson White" had lived lined the stream that flowed under Wanaque Ave. in Pompton Lakes. Most of these folks had been forced into Ringwood and Mahwah over the years, but the reason most gave was the toxic waste in the stream from Dupont's military experiments since WWII. Near the end of a full day of hiking and sharing stories of our lives, we came out into civilization at Ringwood Ave. in Haskell. We were exhausted, but faced a seven-foot barbed wire fence and no gate to squeeze through. We'd have to back track three miles to the gate and it was getting dark. I climbed to the top of the fence and turned back to extend a hand to Ken
but he was pale and shivering. I asked what was wrong, but he sat on the ground and continued to shake, I climbed back down to help. He waved me off. I wondered if he was having a heart attack, but he shook his head and just said, "Nam." He was having a flashback and thought he was in Vietnam at a similar fence he'd have to climb but it had been booby trapped by the Vietcong and he saw some of his friends killed. He was seeing it all over again as if he were there. We sat on the ground and we talked for a while until he calmed down. I asked if he was ready to try to climb the fence again. He said he was, but wouldn't let go of my hand, which made it take a long time to get over the fence, but we did. I gave him a hug and he settled down. He said, "You try to forget, but you can't. Nam is always with you. Don't tell Lori. She'll only worry." We shared a mutual understanding from that day forward, which never left us. I feel it even now. Uncle Jerry
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Art and Irene Frazzano

Posted at 10:14pm
Please accept our condolences on your loss. We knew Kenny through our sister, Angela. We grew fond of him over the last 4 years and enjoyed his company. He attended our family holiday celebrations and even visited us here in RI. He often spoke proudly of his children and was one of the brightest conversationalists I have ever met with knowledge of a broad range of topics. We mourn his loss and will miss him.
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